Ben Davis back out west?

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — USC has made it a point to recruit big linebackers, and Gordo (Ala.) four-star linebacker Ben Davis is plenty big.

USC has already had success recruiting in Alabama this year when they received a commitment from Saraland High School wide out Velus Jones.

While Gordo (Ala.) four-star linebacker Ben Davis is considered by most to be an even greater long shot to leave the state, he says he will depart from SEC football at least one weekend out of the year to see USC.

“USC puts great linebackers in the league and they have great tradition,” said Davis. “They’ve produced guys like Clay Matthews, Troy Polamalu… so I’m interested to see them and learn more about them.

“They also had a great recruiting class last year also. They’ve been one of the my top schools I’ve wanted to visits, so I’m going to go out there this fall to see how I like it.”

USC assistant coach Tee Martin is often looked at as the ambassador of recruiting for the Trojans in the South. However, with USC recruiting more and more by position, linebacker coach Peter Sirmon is the lead recruiter for Davis.

“They’re recruiting me at MIKE and outside linebacker,” said Davis. “I like playing inside better, but for my school, I play outside linebacker and inside linebacker. Really, it’s wherever I can help the team win.”

Davis is all of 6-foot-4, 235-pounds and currently rated the No. 4 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.

For USC to be a legitimate option for Davis, he has to see them up close.

“I need to see how the coaches and players interact with each other,” said Davis. “I want to see the football atmosphere and the educational parts of the school.”

One surprising not about Davis that many people don’t know is his state of origin. With his father being an Alabama alum, most assume he was born and raised in the South.

“Nah, I’m originally from out this way,” said Davis. “I’m from Mesa (Ariz.) originally, so I have a lot of ties out west. I still have family in Arizona.”

Still, Gordo is just up the road from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) and his father Wayne is the all-time leading tackler for the Crimson Tide.

“My dad always tells me it’s got to be about where I fit,” said Davis. “He doesn’t press me to pick any school specifically.

“My parents tell me they’ll be happy wherever I go.”

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